- Yankees Gain Two Games on Red Sox
- Mets Have Serious Injury Problems
- The Nats Suck
- Halladay is a Stud
- It is Possible to Have One Really Bad Game and Then Be STELLAR the Next Day
So Here we go on my thoughts from July 19th, 2009.
The Yankees have been absolutely phenominal lately. They just finished a sweep of the Tigers to continue this hot streak of fantastic play. Everyone is contributing and as a fan, it is great to watch. It’s a thrill. CC’s performance from yesterday was thrilling to see. Finally he has come up in a huge spot and performed the way we need him to (not just so we get our money’s worth I might add). It was a true pitchers duel. CC and Verlander, the Tigers’ ace, was just a sight for sore eyes. And to see CC come out on top it was just great. So, with teh Yankees winning and playing extremely well, the question is, what have the Red Sox been doing. Well, thanks to the Blue Jays and Roy Halladay, the Red Sox have failed to top the Jays in two consecutive days. This is STELLAR news for the Yankees because this means we have gained two games on the Red Sox at the top of the AL East.
So, the Blue Jays owe most of their success to Roy Halladay this season. His season on the mound has so far earned him an All Star Starting position, a huge spot in the trading market, and has just improved and improved on an already phenominal career. His performance against the Red Sox today proved that he is the best pitcher in the AL and possibly the entire MLB. Now, that’s saying something. Against the Sox, he through a complete game, had seven K’s and only gave up six hits and a run. He was totally STELLAR! He will surely win the Cy Young in the AL at the end of the season, assuming he continues to dominate the way he has so far.
The Mets have injury problems! It’s as simple as that. They have lost key guys on both offense and in the pitching staff. Starters, relievers, powerhouses, and pretty much every other type of guy they have lost so far this season. The injury I think is probably the biggest for this Mets team is Carlos Beltran. This guy was one of the biggest offensive performers on this team (and that’s saying something considering he shares the lineup with the likes of David Wright, Jose Reyes, and Carlos Delgado). He was also a very solid outfielder. Jose Reyes was the spark of the Mets offense. He got on base, ran (or at least made the pitcher worry about him running), and got into scoring position quickly giving the rest of the lineup to drive him in. There would be a great chance of that considering the guys I said earlier are in the middle of the lineup behind Reyes. JJ Putz in the bullpen was supposed to be the shutdown set up guy that would lead the way to K Rod. It was said that once the Mets got to Putz in the eighth, the game was over. Putz, then K Rod, then, well, the game is over. They won’t have any chance with what they have now. Although the guys replacing the big time stars are doing pretty well, the guys that they have lost are extremely important and will cost this team dramatically.
The Nats Suck! Seriously. THEY ARE 26 GAMES BACK! 26! Can you get any worse? The pitching is dreadful. The offense has a few guys that can put up some good stats but there is no chemistry. There is no flow. Zimmerman, Dunn, Dukes, maybe a few other guys here and there can have a good spurt but overall, they are terrible. I really can’t muster up anything else to say about them. They SUCK!
Yesterday, Yunel Escobar had a terrible game. Missing signs, having a tough game at the plate and in the field, and just didn’t have his head together for the game. Today, he kicked off the Braves-Mets game in the second with a solo shot to left. When the final out was recorded, Escobar had gone 3-4 with a homer, 4 RBI, and a run scored. This just proves my point that you can have a terrible day one day and thrive the next. Most of you won’t know about my ongoing battle with my friend that has had some pretty bad stretches of baseball in which he has said that he won’t do better the next day. Well, I hope he reads this because this story proves my point 100%.
Well, that’s all for today.
There were clearly doubts about the Yankees’ offense’s ability to score runs during the Red Sox series. But man, maybe they were just saving it to make their cross town rivals look really bad… not to mention their ace. Yeah. The Yanks demolished the Mets in the Subway Series finale, 15-0. The series was split one game apiece but the Yanks broke that split with authority as they did everything right in the rout of the Mets.
AJ Burnett took the mound and man, was he STELLAR… for the most part. He went seven strong innings, giving up four hits and four walks. No runs. He shutout an injured, but still powerful Mets offense. His curve was filthy and no one could lay off it. Alex Cora struck out after going up 3-0 in the count. Burnett used the curve to strike him out as Cora chased. His fastball was also very good. Clocking in at 95-96, as usual, Burnett was just dominating Mets’ batters. He struck out Carlos Beltran on a low fastball that got Beltran fired up. Jerry Manuel came out to defend his player and got booted. It was an intense couple of minutes… just joking, it wasn’t really that intense. So Burnett was really good today… there you go.
The offense was also very good. I mean c’mon… the score was 15-0. Robby Cano and Hideki Matsui both hit monster shots for round trippers. Francisco Cervelli had a big game at the plate, as well as behind it. More on that later. Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Melky Cabrera. They also had big games. Mark Teixeira went 1-4 on the game and wasn’t really that much of a factor. Same with A-Rod, who went 0-4. But that’s alright since everyone else contributed a lot. He was fine.
So, Francisco Cervelli. How ’bout this kid. He is batting under .200 when he is called up to the Majors. But the Yanks didn’t bring him up for his bat. They did so for his play behind the plate. Both behind the plate and at the plate, Cervelli showed that he was ready to play. He had a great offensive game and really controlled the game behind the plate. In the top of the third, the Mets threatened with the bases loaded, but Cervelli guided Burnett, a veteran, through the next three at-bats and got three straight outs. He was such a big presence behind the plate that I am so glad we have. During an Alex Cora at-bat, Cora was up 3-0, as mentioned before. Cervelli got up, very wide, and gave Burnett a big target for his fastball. He nailed it. This just showed me that Cervelli is indeed a professional. He was STELLAR.
So everything was going extremely well for the Yankees today. The pitching was STELLAR, the offesne definitely did their job in scoring some runs, and the DEFENSE played extremely well as well. Johnny Damon made a nice running catch in the outfield. The infield played good D and didn’t allow anything into the outfield on the ground. And definitely the defensive highlight of the game was on a ground ball up the middle by Reed. Ramiro Pena, fresh off the bench, got to the ball, shoveled it to Robinson Cano at second and Cano made the bare handed grab and threw it to first to complete the double play. As this happened I was thinking, “that’s on top plays tomorrow.” Derek Jeter also made a nice double play in the game. too. Cano got a ground ball and threw it to Jeter who made a perfect leap over the hard slide of Gary Sheffield and made the throw to first. It was another nice defensive play that doesn’t always get recognized in the box scores. Well, it gets recognized here.
It was great. I loved to watch them play so perfectly. As I write this, the Phils-Red Sox game is headed to the ninth and the Phils are up 11-5. This is good for us because if the Phils hang on, we’ll get another game back in the AL East standings.
Great win guys!
Go Yanks… Go Phils